Nominated for the 2003 Just Plain Folks People's Choice Award for Spoken Word
One of Rhapsody.coms 2004 Top 50 Tracks for Spoken Word
One of Yottamusic.com's Top 25 Artists for Spoken Word
The Garden of Lost Things
A haunting and arresting portfolio of work, the mood changes overtly with tempo and varied music styles with soaring beats and washes of soothing sounds to build a landscape familiar but for most of us, found only in our dreams. The many voices of Cassandra Tribe, from the thundering lament of a God who has been forgotten to the subversive statements on Ich Bin Nicht ("I thought this was my country"), prompt us beyond just listening to answering. Cassandra Tribe is foremost an architect of the soul.
Sounding like the progeny of Laurie Anderson and Enya, the first experience of listening is one of the shock of recognition, within the poetry and voices lie questions and statements that seem to have been pulled from deep within us all. "The Garden of Lost Things" is a complex collage of questions, confessions, revelations and dreams all under the familiar, sorrowful, and terrifying umbrella of loss.
Cassandra Tribe slips in and out of gender with an ease that is unnerving. The presence of male and female, child and adult voices within the work, backed with the syncopated rhythms of jazz, blues, trance and sporadic cries of muezzins weaves a landscape at once familiar and unknown. Listening to these compositions is less an experience of entertainment then one of setting to sea on a journey you have been longing to take.
It is the final tract, Ich Bin Nicht, which is most stunning. Commissioned for a memorial for World War II it beautiful and touching and surprising monument to the suffering of Japanese Americans that is eerily timely in light of our recent American tragedies and the state of war we now live in.
An argument could be made that every writer is writing about loss. For Cassandra Tribe, the loss is not just her own, but a loss we have experienced as members of the human race. The past is soil for the future to root in and yet even in knowing this, one cannot help but regret and miss the earlier self that was. For this reason change is a lonely thing. For this reason, the past is a dark, hard seed for a vivid, lucid garden. Perhaps if we pay attention we could find out what is stopping us from opening ourselves entirely. Maybe we could find out what is distracting us from living our lives as we were meant to be.
Or perhaps, like her namesake, Cassandra will speak the truth and no one will listen until it is too late.
Intriguing, haunting, evocative, arresting if you are searching at all for meaning, by all means search out a copy of this hard to find CD, it may very well be the key that leads you into the garden where you can find again what you thought lost forever. (Amy Kirk,2002)
"One of the most original artists of our time..I'm surprised that thousands aren't copying her...the material is planets beyond original. " (brian douthit, perfectlysaid.com, 2002)
"A haunting and arresting portfolio of work" (urban melodies, 2002)
"..this cd rocks in a real quiet strong way..." (kronica.de)
"intensely groovy and matriarchal" (cdbaby.com)
"one of those CDs I just don't play for other people but keep going back to when I am alone and in need of something beautiful that also tells me there is so much more out there than what I think." (mFarg)
"I can't even put in words the emotions that listening to your music has made me feel...its not like you are speaking to me but you are speaking for me, like I am hearing these things in words, in a language I can't even speak but I can hear it and understand it. Its not like a lot of the spoken word I've heard and yet its not singing either, I don't think there is a category for what you do yet but I am definitely going to pass the word around to people to buy your CD."(arizel5.review.today.de)
4 stars... (James Duckworth)
Very trippy! and good music too.. -(futurezen)
The lyrics are awesome, so's the music... it's dreamy, spacey, groovy and trippy. (Jussi Ness)
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